Altnabreac to Dalnawillan Lodge (Overview)


Altnabreac, on the Far North Line between Inverness & Thurso

Walk Length & Gradient

7.75 miles return walk (Ramble). Moderate

OS Explorer map(s)

450 Wick and the Flow Country

Walk Link(s) and Source(s)

Railwalks Route

Walk Description

There is very little true wilderness left in Britain, but prepare to see some on this walk, as well as one abandoned hunting lodge and another spectacular intact one! Altnabreac station, a request stop, is six miles from the nearest tarmac road and sits amongst a maze of endless forest plantations and tracks. There is no record of why a station was built here at all. You are unlikely to see another soul whilst walking this route. Despite being so isolated, the route is relatively easy, with flat and wide forestry tracks and plenty of signposts.

The walk takes you from the tiny settlement of Altnabreac, past Loch Dubh and the gloriously isolated Loch Dhu lodge, which was once a hotel and is now privately owned. You then head onwards to the now-abandoned Dalnawillan Lodge with views out across to a shallow valley of the Thurso River. On the way, you can experience the vast skies, open expanses and distant mountaintops of the Northern Highlands’ Flow Country. And above all, enjoy the silence…

Other Useful Information

Other than a platform and a shelter, there are no facilities at Altnabreac station, and at the time of writing only three trains per day in each direction (one on a Sunday!). Bring lunch, and keep an eye on the time.